QUEEN BEE: Honey Dijon is the latest music figure to take a leap into fashion with a prestigious partner: Comme des Garçons is preparing her first products for release in the coming months, WWD has learned.
Dijon and Adrian Joffe, president of Comme des Garçons International and chief executive officer of Dover Street Market, confirmed they are “working on building a brand together called Honey F—ing Dijon.”
They noted “the first small collection of DJ bags and Ts should be launching this summer or early fall.”
A DJ popular with the fashion crowd, Dijon has 118,000 followers on Instagram and commands huge crowds for high-energy sets that mix various genres of dance music. The most recent one was a sold-out “Brunch in the City” event in Barcelona last weekend.
Dijon has also mixed music for Dior Men’s runway shows and performed at an array of fashion events for brands including Burberry.
DJs seem to be the latest fashion stars, with Peggy Gou recently launching her brand Kirin as the latest recruit of New Guards Group, whose stable includes Off-White designer Virgil Abloh and Heron Preston. Both men are also frequently found behind the decks.
SYDNEY — After nearly a quarter of a century covering luxury goods through various roles at Australian fashion magazines, Australian editor Kellie Hush is taking aim at the fast-fashion arena via her own accessibly priced accessories line.
On May 24, nine months after the former Harper’s Bazaar Australia editor in chief revealed she was quitting after six years to start her own business, Hush will launch a line of handbags and jewelry called The Way via an e-commerce site, with plans to open five freestanding 800- to 1,100-square-foot brick-and-mortar stores in the Sydney region by the end of the year and 50 stores across Australia within five years.
The store concept has been created by Australian interior designer Rebecca Vulic, a former senior director of global store design for Kate Spade New York.
The launch campaign for Kellie Hush’s new accessories line The Way.
Theway.com.au will launch with 800 stockkeeping units. Handbags, which account for 60 percent of the brand’s offer and are all made from fabric or polyurethane, range from 40 to 120 Australian dollars, or $ 28 to $ 84 at current exchange, while jewelry ranges from 15 to 50 Australian dollars, or $ 10 to $ 35.
Hush, the brand’s cofounder, creative director and marketing manager,
Whoever claimed it’s better to have loved and lost has never met Jess Palmer. Small business owner and metalworks artist Damon Brand finally has his future in sight when his past rattles into town in a broken down car stuffed with designer clothes and sky high heels. The last time he saw Jess, he declared his undying love. In return, she stranded him by the side of the road, taking his boots, pants and the tattered remnants of his heart. So much for the bright lights of LA. Failed actress Jessica Palmer arrives back in Sweetheart, Montana homeless, destitute, and desperate. She’s hoping her grandfather will let her have her inheritance early so she can make a fresh start—anywhere but Sweetheart. No deal. She has to stay for six months and get a job to prove she’s matured. Not easy in a town where she flamed all her bridges in order to flee a wild child reputation and her high school sweetheart. With every door that’s slammed shut in her face, Jess grows more determined than ever to prove she’s changed, even if it means she must turn to her first love, Damon, for a job at his gas station.  Surely 10 years is enough time for him to forgive and forget…
KARL FOREVER: The Karl Lagerfeld brand will attend the next session of Pitti Uomo with a presentation honoring its late founding designer. That will include a performance by the London-based street artist Endless, and displays of the brand’s spring 2020 collections of men’s wear, women’s wear, footwear, eyewear, denim and beachwear.
“Our presence at Pitti Uomo will be a special moment to kick off a series of global events that celebrate Karl’s legacy and reflect upon his pioneering, cutting-edge and iconic contributions to design,” said Pier Paolo Righi, chief executive officer of Karl Lagerfeld. “Pitti Uomo will also be an exciting platform to showcase our new collections and share the inspiring, immersive World of Karl experience.”
Central to the brand’s display at the international men’s wear trade show in Florence, Italy, will be a 5-by-9-meter installation where Endless paints a portrait of Lagerfeld throughout the fair, running June 11 to 14.
The artist’s portrait of the designer will also be printed on 50 limited-edition T-shirts, which will be available at Pitti Uomo.
Also the couturier at Chanel and the ready-to-wear and fur designer at Fendi, Lagerfeld passed away in February at age 85.
Charlie and Hannah were best friends in high school, bonding over suburbia punk-rock pipe dreams and middle-class teenage angst. In love with each other but never bold enough to say it, the pair jokingly made a pact that if neither were married by the time they turned 30, they’d be together. It was a promise. Now, years later, the pair have fallen apart. Charlie lives in LA and is failing at his backup plan turned career as a personal trainer. When he sees Hannah on a trip back home to meet his niece, the two pick up right where they left off and drunkenly decide to go through with their old marriage pact. So Hannah moves to LA with Charlie and they live happily ever! Oh, wait. Hannah gets to LA and the two realize they don't know each other at all anymore. Not only are Charlie and Hannah, not in love, they don't even like each other. But Hannah, running from her past and Charlie, desperate to not fail again, decide to try and make it work.
Just in time for National Lingerie Day, Chico’s FAS, parent company to women’s apparel and accessory retailer Chico’s, is launching bra and underwear brand TellTale.
The intimates line will start with seven collections, ranging from sexy to comfortable to functional. And with names like The Ghoster or The Romantic, the idea is to offer a little something for everyone.
“No woman is one thing,” Kimberly Grabel, general manager, or “ringleader,” of TellTale, told WWD.
TellTale’s Influencer collection.
The collections include a mix of push-up bras and bralettes in everything from cotton to see-through mesh, as well as underwear and bodysuits.
The target audience, Grabel said, is the “new adult woman,” somewhere between 30 to 35.
“She’s not fully set in her ways,” Grabel explained. “She hasn’t had kids yet. Or, maybe she’s had a baby, but she takes the baby out with all her friends on a Saturday night for dinner, because she’s in denial that this baby is going to change her life. So, she’s kind of in that life stage.”
The Lover collection is part of the new TellTale brand.
Mary van Praag, brand president of Chico’s other intimates and apparel brand Soma, will run TellTale. Products are available exclusively at MyTellTale.com,
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Jean Prounis’ namesake fine jewelry line, Prounis, next week marks its entry into department stores.
The brand will hold a trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman for the next month. Running from Feb. 26 through March 28, the Prounis trunk show will mark its kick-off with a personal appearance by the designer on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.
Bergdorf’s adds to Prounis’ roster of specialty stockists that already include Dover Street Market in New York and Los Angeles, Holly Golightly in Copenhagen, and Desert Vintage in Tuscon, Ariz. She has also held a trunk show with Moda Operandi’s digital interface.
“Bergdorf Goodman, in particular, has a really great timelessness. It’s such a historical store that I feel is in line with my brand story and image. They really care about quality and there is this sense of yesteryear, an homage to a New York elegance of the past,” Prounis, 25, said of her decision to show with the department store.
While the designer has a focus on direct-to-consumer and private sales, she decided to enter department stores, Bergdorf’s in particular, for the chance to reach a wider clientele.
At Bergdorf’s, Prounis will sell her signature 22-karat gold pieces, as well as five-figure designs from
Ethical fashion is exploding, and it’s about time. Thanks to companies like Patagonia, Faherty, and Nisolo, consumers are moving away from cheap attire from fast-fashion brands and toward quality apparel made with ethically made products sourced from environmentally and socially responsible supply chains.
If you haven’t yet heard of Nisolo, you soon will. The Nashville-based shoe and accessory manufacturer runs on one simple premise: If you’re paying too little for a product, chances are someone in the supply chain is getting the short end of the stick. And if you’re paying too much? That person is probably you.
Patrick Woodyard, Nisolo‘s founder and CEO, has created a quality shoe that will last for years, while being fair to the artisans and factory workers who actually produce the line—and to the planet from which it reaps its resources.
How Is Nisolo Different?
Most consumers, blinded by the allure of cheap prices, are unaware that expansion of the global fashion industry the last few decades has been violently unjust, both for workers and for the planet. Low wages and poor working conditions are rampant; fully 98 percent of clothing industry employees work in unsafe conditions and/or receive wages below fair trade standards. And with exorbitant water usage, irresponsible waste disposal, non-biodegradable fibers, and filthy carbon emissions from coal-powered factories, the fashion industry is among the top five of the most pollutive industries in the world.
Nisolo takes a direct-to-consumer approach so it can offer a fair price to the consumer while ensuring the workers in its supply chain are offered fair trade wages, benefits, and a healthy working environment. At the company’s own factory in Trujillo, Peru, Nisolo offers lessons in health, nutrition, English, and even yoga to its employees and their families. Meanwhile, the company insists its partner factories champion ethical causes as well. All producers and employees must be 18 years or older, and receive safe, healthy working conditions and healthcare and wages beyond fair trade standards.
And for every pair of Nisolo shoes sold, a contribution is made to help protect forests in the Amazon Basin.
What About the Shoes?
Nisolo shoes and boots exude class and effortless style that’s rooted in versatility, comfort, and quality. The leather is responsibly sourced from tanneries committed to the ethical treatment of animals (the leather is always a byproduct of the meat industry) and the implementation of eco-friendly waste disposal systems.
From wingtips to boots to duffel bags, Nisolo is turning the fast-fashion industry upside down with quality products, responsibly sourced, and ethically made. They may cost a bit more, but the quality is unparalleled. And with Nisolo, you know you’re not getting the short end of the stick.
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Skin, the 15-year-old loungewear and sleepwear company founded by Susan Beischel, president and chief creative officer, is growing on several fronts.
The luxury lifestyle brand, which sells such retailers as Net-a-porter, Neiman Marcus, Bon Marché, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, introduced swimwear last year, as well as a second-tier line called Natural Skin, geared to stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s, Hudson’s Bay and Printemps.
Natural Skin, which had a successful soft launch at retail in the fall, is priced 35 percent to 40 percent below Skin, said Ken Sitomer, chief executive officer, who joined as Beischel’s business partner in 2011. Like Skin, Natural Skin comprises sleepwear, loungewear, robes, slippers, daywear and organic cotton bras and panties, along with basic replenishments.
Skin swimwear, whose distribution has been kept relatively tight, is sold at such retailers as Net-a-porter, Everything But Water, Neiman Marcus and Matches.com.
According to Beischel, the swimwear has the same concept as Skin’s other luxe products. as far as comfort, style and being multifunctional. “The fabric had to be super soft, and I needed to wear it as a body suit, or as a bra, or a workout top,” she said. Swimwear retails from $ 160 for the basic maillot to $ 300
MILAN — Gucci is the world’s most desirable brand, according to global fashion search platform Lyst’s fourth-quarter ranking of the industry’s hottest names and products in 2018.
After giving away the top spot to Off-White over the summer, the Italian fashion house regained its position as the most researched label online from October to December.
Analyzing the shopping behavior of more than five million monthly customers browsing and buying items across 12,000 designers and online stores, Lyst compiled its quarterly index, taking into account Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as social media metrics, including brand and product mentions and engagement statics.
“We’ve added social media as one of the factors because it’s so influential now,” said Lyst’s chief partnerships officer Jenny Cossons.
“I am sure that most of the success Gucci is having is the fact that at all price points and at all ages, people want to share it. The fact that my children know Gucci but don’t know some of these other bigger, established brands is super interesting. It’s also an adjective in London, people are like ‘That’s so Gucci’ even if it’s not Gucci, so it has transformed culture, it’s beyond fashion now, and I think that’s
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When Karl Lagerfeld ignited designer collaborations and the “masstige” phenomenon in 2004 with his one-off collection for H&M, he had a secret collaborator with a silhouette as well-known and emphatic as his own: Carine Roitfeld.
Now he has invited the fashion editor and stylist — known for her pencil skirts, taut sweaters and killer heels — to become an ongoing collaborator at his signature fashion house, WWD has learned.
Their new partnership is to kick off in September with The Edit by Carine Roitfeld, her selection of “essential pieces” from the designer’s fall 2019 collection.
“The collaboration will further evolve with additional projects to be announced later this year,” the Lagerfeld house said, divulging the development exclusively to WWD and calling Roitfeld an “integral contributor to the Karl Lagerfeld brand.”
Since repositioning his signature fashion house in the masstige zone in 2010, the brand has expanded rapidly to more than 100 freestanding stores worldwide, plus online sales in 96 countries.
A Karl Lagerfeld sketch of Carine Roitfeld.
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LONDON — Designers from around the world have been coming in waves to London Fashion Week Men’s and among the newest names on the calendar are Studio ALCH, C2H4 and Feng Chen Wang. But while they may be new to the London runways, they’ve already garnered international attention, having worked with brands such as Nike, Levi’s, Kappa and Converse.
The Australian designer Alexandra Hackett of Studio ALCH, who creates new garments from repurposed Nike pieces, said she’s come to London to be better integrated into the international market. “Australia is quite geographically removed, which is reflected in its industry. London is more of an internationally recognized city and you can create product that, perhaps, has more markets in different countries across the world,” she said.
Hackett caught Nike’s attention early on and the famous swoosh has become her brand’s trademark. The sportswear giant has also sponsored some of her designs. Hackett has snared celebrity fans such as Kendrick Lamar, who has worn Studio ALCH’s boiler suit made from reconstructed Nike bags, and British Grime rappers Stormzy and Skepta.
“I was always interested in Nike from a branding perspective and thought it would be a really interesting brand to work with in terms of their
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Cameron Weiss, the founder of Weiss Watch Company, was only five years old when he first started taking apart watches. Of course, back then he didn’t have the ability to put them back together. Instead, they would be rendered into a pile of debris, so when family or friends had a piece that had run its course, they would hand it off to him with no expectation of getting it back.
“I would just sit there and dismantle any piece that I could get my hands on,” says Weiss from his workshop headquarters. Those pieces weren’t exactly of the highest caliber, but they helped ignite a fascination with the tiny mechanisms. “I didn’t know that there were people who actually got to put them together as a job.”
Since then Weiss has come a long way, all the way to Switzerland and back, where he honed his craft inside prestigious houses like Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin. That experience, paired with an apprentice-style education under Swiss watchmakers, gave Weiss all the tools he needed to open his own watch company out of California.
Men’s Journal spoke with Weiss on becoming a watchmaker, being a tradesman in the digital age, his Crown & Caliber-backed podcast Watch and Listen, and building an American-made brand.
How did you first learn about watchmakers?
My parents asked me to help them buy a watch for my brother as a present. They didn’t know too much, and they knew how much I was crazy about them. I came across this collector while I was shopping around and ended up talking with him quite a bit. He was the one who first told me about the watchmakers in Switzerland, he had been there and visited some of the factories. I was amazed by the stories of people actually hand-making and polishing the parts.
How did you start training to become one?
I found out from a family friend that there were watchmaking schools, and a certain program called WOSTEP [Watchmakers Of Switzerland Training And Education Program]. They operate with a Swiss curriculum, and while most are in Europe, there are three very small ones in the United States. They cap it at eight students for two years full-time. There was almost no book reading. It was all hands on. Two Swiss watchmakers and the head of the program fly in to grade your final tests. Getting the call that I passed was one of the best phone calls I have ever gotten.
What came for you next?
One of our instructors worked for Audemars Piguet, and I got a job offer from them right after the test. They flew me out to Switzerland, to Le Brassus in the Vallée de Joux, just north of Geneva. It is the watchmaking capitol of the world. I had never been to Switzerland at the time; I had only seen photos and read about it. They drove me through the mountains, through this little village where Audemars has taken over pretty much all of the buildings. Every one of these beautiful, farm-style buildings is working on some part of their watches or built around the workers. I got to walk through the factories and see all of the people assembling or doing complex repairs. There is one special restoration workshop where these very experienced hands are able to work on almost any piece that Audemars ever made. Plenty of antique tools that they don’t even make any more, some of the machines are still manual. It was a life-changing trip. I got the chance to go back when I started working for Vacheron Constantin, and stayed there for a couple of months. I got to train in complex watches with them, which meant I got to explore quite a bit more.
Did you ever plan on living out there?
The idea of starting my own watch line was always in the back of my head, and I thought that I would have to live in Switzerland to do it. That was just the way it had always been done. I was waiting for my French to get good enough, and to get enough contacts, but while I was working at the Vacheron boutique on Rodeo doing repairs on old pieces, I realized that I could do it right here in California.
How did that realization come to you?
I had already started making watches for myself, and I would wear them whenever I wasn’t at the boutique. People stopped and complimented them or asked where I had gotten them. I would attend these pop-up events for American denim lines, which were full of people who cared about craftsmanship and aren’t an electronic watch crowd. But they weren’t going to spend thousands on a Swiss timepiece either, so what they needed was a product that had all the mechanics while keeping the cost reasonable.
How did you start building?
I bought a whole workshop from the widow of a watchmaker. It was an amazing collection and I was honored to get it. I still have his workbench and a lot of the tools I got from him. There are so many tiny hand tools that are tailor made for just one precise purpose. Pin vices, screw drivers, and just gripping parts while you work on it. The tools have to be in perfect condition, because you can damage the piece if it hasn’t been taken care of expertly.
What problems did you come across?
The biggest issue was finding local manufacturers and machine shops that would help make the raw parts. For my own watches, I had been doing everything on my own, with my own hands, but to make a run properly I needed to find people that could help with that part of the process. There were many months driving around meeting with shops in the Los Angeles area. There were a lot of companies that just wrote me off, but there were a few that were excited by the idea. Many of these companies hand never made watch parts before—they were making gear for cars and planes, and so it was a completely new business for them as well. Some of them we still work with to this day.
How did you go about designing the look of your watches?
I wanted to create a brand that was distinctly American. I was a diver growing up and have spent a lot of time in the ocean. I worked for a company that built underwater camera housings before I started making watches. That job not only gave me access to CNC machines but also this beautiful and complicated diving gear. During that experience I discovered this love for old dive equipment and antique gauges. That, along with a fascination with aviation instruments, influenced my design for my first Field Watch.
How has the watch industry changed since you have been in it?
I think the watch industry has become a lot more fun than it was say five years ago when we first started. Everything was done a certain way and there weren’t a lot of the younger brands that exist now, not just outside of Switzerland but also inside of the country. People are starting to understand that you can buy a watch that isn’t a Rolex and that can have its very own cool factor. They are much more open to having a diverse collection with new names in it, which can be discovered in new marketplaces like Crown & Caliber.
What are the benefits of sites like Crown & Caliber?
One of the really cool benefits is it is a great way to find old watches outside of the standards we usually see. There is a really unique selection on there from brands that had been sort of lost to history. They are the kind that could become your favorite new piece, one that turns heads, and before Crown & Caliber, you may have never known it existed. I remember while doing an episode of our Watch and Listen podcast they sent us a white gold Blancpain where the case back opened up to reveal a sapphire. Nobody produces anything like that anymore.
Now you do a podcast with them as well. Why did you want to create Watch and Listen?
I enjoy getting to do the podcast because for so long I was only focused on what I was doing and the watches that I was making. The show gives me an opportunity to really look at what others are doing in the industry and that makes me an even better watchmaker. For most of the episodes, Crown & Caliber will send us a batch of pieces that I get to play around with, and because we also shoot on video, I can show people what is going on inside of them. Some of the pieces I have been really thrilled to get my hands on. They sent us the JLC Duometre Chronograph, which is just an unbelievable and gorgeous watch. One of the most beautiful things I have seen in person.
Have you found a lot of young people interested in becoming watchmakers?
I take apprentices in, which has been a great experience, to help me with the production. I don’t get as many as I would hope for. I think it’s tough in Los Angeles with the cost of living so high. People are interested in it, but they don’t have the time to really invest in building the skillset. There have been some successes still though, one of the guys I had working for me has gone on to start his own company. I can only hope that more and more makers will start up here in the United States. That is one of the main goals I have: to create an infrastructure to have more watches made here.
Now that you have your own workshop, outside of your apartment, what does a day look like for you?
I have a Sprinter van that we have set up for camping that I drive to the workshop. I love the walk through the back, roll up doors in the morning, seeing all the raw materials laid out ready for the machine shop. I have to be extremely diligent at not sitting down at the computer to look at emails or check my phone when it buzzes. So instead I will write a note to get organized and stay away from the laptop. I enjoy having that quiet time to myself in the workshop, getting time at the bench.
I always have a coffee to sip while building; there are so many great roasters around here. I have made a lot of friends in the coffee industry over the years. I will lay out all the parts of a piece in front of me, ready for assembly, and play some music while I work. Finishing one can take a few days, but I love it.
What is the best part of your job?
The most rewarding part is seeing a watch that you built out in the wild, whether it is at a car show or on the street. I will usually try to say hello, or ask them where they got it. One morning I drove up next to a guy at a traffic light and I saw one of my pieces on his wrist. I have to say that made me smile.
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Lifestyle doyenne Martha Stewart is partnering with Aerosoles to be its brand ambassador and collaborate on a line of footwear, handbags and accessories for the footwear retailer.
The first style will be a limited collection of rain boots for holiday, to be followed by a complete collection for spring that will include casual and dress flats, heeled sandals, luxury mules and slides, as well as espadrille wedges. Handbags and accessories will follow.
Stewart said, “It’s fun. What we’re trying to do with Aerosoles [is] make gorgeous shoes at the right price.”
She spoke about a recent visit to Bergdorf Goodman’s shoe salon. “You couldn’t move. There were so many people shelving out thousands of dollars for a new pair of shoes. The shoes were gorgeous, but the average Joe can’t go there. We’re trying to make affordable shoes for the average person.”
First up are the equestrian-inspired rain boots, under the tag Martha Stewart for Aerosoles, which will range in price from $ 79 to $ 99. According to Stewart, they will sell on Aerosoles beginning Nov. 1, and later on at QVC, where Stewart already sells her apparel offerings. She said there was no decision yet on whether her shows will mix the fashion and
Australian fashion labels, many of which are in the spotlight as Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, tours the antipodes, have long been popular in Southern California, where the climate and beach culture mirror the land of Oz.
Spell & The Gypsy Collective, the 10-year-old contemporary brand started by sisters Isabella Pennefather and Elizabeth Abegg, opened its first stand-alone retail space in the U.S., a pop-up at 1108 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. Open through Nov. 25, the shop has attracted cult lovers of the brand, some of whom traveled from as far away as Florida and Canada just to shop.
The Spell & The Gypsy Collective pop-up shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif.
“Because we’re slow fashion, we don’t make too many pieces so they tend to sell out very quickly,” said Pennefather, who started out in 2008 making jewelry that she sold at the open-air market in Byron Bay, Australia. When her sister, Lizzy, came on board a few years later, they expanded into clothing and e-commerce, and the business grew from there.
“I remember when we had a clunky web site and early bloggers such as Oracle Fox [whose given name is Amanda Shadforth] bought our things at the
IN AND OUT: Former Stuart Weitzman creative director Giovanni Morelli has joined Valentino as accessories design director, WWD has learned. He reports to creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli. Morelli, who left the Tapestry Inc.-owned brand in May after one year, is a former leather goods designer for Loewe, Marc Jacobs and Chloé.
Morelli’s exit followed allegations of sexual harassment filed by Stuart Weitzman’s vice president Thomas Gibb, but Tapestry itself has since taken action against Gibb, terminating him and filing its own lawsuit against the executive, alleging breach of contract, duty of loyalty and diversion of corporate opportunities.
At the same time, Valentino’s chief marketing officer Isabelle Harvie-Watt has exited the company after only six months. This was a new role at the company and it is understood it is now vacant.
Born and raised in London, Harvie-Watt has been working in Italy for more than 25 years. Before Valentino, she was a managing partner and chief executive officer of the Spring Group — Spring Studios and Spring Place — in Milan, tasked with expanding and managing the group’s footprint in Italy. Prior to this, Harvie-Watt spent five years as ceo and country manager of Havas Media Group in Italy. While at Havas, she also founded and launched Luxhub, a global strategic consulting division
“We now have three generations of family members working side by side every day from 29 years old to almost 90,” said Steven Roberts, chief executive officer and chief innovation officer of Echo Design Group. “I think we have as much passion for the business today as we have ever had.”
This year, the family-owned accessories and home design company celebrates 95 years of business, and to commemorate the milestone on Thursday, the brand is hosting a “National Scarf Day” event with Bloomingdale’s and style influencer Natalie Lim Suarez of @NatalieOffDuty.
“Echo’s headquarters have been in Midtown [New York] for our entire 95 years. How fitting to be able to celebrate our 95th with our friends and partners of so many years at Bloomingdale’s. Their customers have been supporting and appreciating Echo products for many years,” Roberts said.
Known for scarves, which continue to be a staple, Echo also makes puffy nylon jackets, rainwear, hats, wraps and leather gloves. There is a comprehensive home line that extends to duvets and pillow shams, table linens, paper napkins, ceramic soap dispensers and shower curtains. The one unifying element among all these seemingly disparate categories: the vibrant and eclectic prints that have always been at the
The collaboration between actress, producer and activist Jessica Biel and Gaiam, the yoga, fitness and wellness brand, was revealed Thursday night at The One Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, N.Y. The event marked the first celebrity-created line for Gaiam, a division of Sequential Brands Group Inc., since 2016, as part of a multiyear partnership with Biel.
“She [Jessica] has been a true collaborator, thoughtfully codesigning the capsule collection with a keen focus on the functionality of each style,” said Eddie Esses, president of Sequential’s active division. “She really pushed to ensure each piece would fit seamlessly into busy modern lifestyles.”
During the event, the 36-year-old Biel said she was grateful for the partnership. “This is a really authentic partnership for me, yoga and wellness are a huge part of my personal life and have been for a long time. I wanted something that women could feel good in whether they are doing yoga, working out or just running errands, playing with their kids or simply lounging,” said Biel, who has a three-year-old son with husband Justin Timberlake. She said the idea was to create something versatile that blends fashion elements with comfort and function and is accessible for every lifestyle.
The deal was
NEW AND LARGER DIGS: Brazilian contemporary sportswear brand Uma will open its new doors at 13 Crosby Street, in Manhattan, on Oct. 18.
The location will replace the original store on 381 Bleecker Street. The space, three times larger than the original store, will feature a sleek, contemporary look to complement the luxury lifestyle brand’s offerings.
Founded in 1995 by Raquel and Roberto Davidowicz, the line is a fan favorite of artists and dancers for its ease of movement. The duo said in a statement: “After almost three years on Bleecker Street, we decided to move to 13 Crosby Street as we feel this particular part of SoHo is becoming more interesting every year, with a differentiated assortment of shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries that connect very well with Uma’s lifestyle.”
The women’s wear brand is known for its tailored, minimalist designs. Uma recently partnered with São Paulo Companhia de Dança to create costumes for the dance company.
“Astroworld” was just the start … Travis Scott’s now looking to take his brand to another world, like a true space cadet. The rapper recently filed paperwork to acquire the rights to “S.P.A.C.E” … and it looks like he wants to plaster that term…
Faherty Brand makes clothing that can be worn just about anywhere (not to mention comfortably be dressed up or down for any occasion). Started by surf buddies Alex and Mike Faherty, the label combines surf know-how and Mike’s previous experience designing for Ralph Lauren into an apparel line that’s a hit for both beach bums and city dwellers. Every item in the brothers’ capsule collection is a love letter to the beach and can only be found at Huckberry. Needless to say, when we learned the brand is marked down, we had to add a few finds to our cart—including this knit shirt.
The button-down is designed to look like a classic chambray, but has the ultra-soft feel you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. The rich (and natural) indigo color dresses up the typically lightwash look, and has natural stretch to move right along with you. The painted metal buttons help dress up the style.
While we doubt you’ll have any problems finding things to pair with the versatile top, we think it’ll look particularly dapper with a pair of chinos.
Comedian Aparna Nancherla explores how global warming and climate change will directly affect our lives 100 years from now when the average global temperature is projected to increase by 4 degrees Celsius, or 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Nancherla met with Professor of Atmospheric Science at UC Berkeley, Inez Fung, and Chief Data Officer at Western Digital, Janet George to to make predictions about how we’ll live in a 4C World. WIRED Videos
DIAMONDS, ANYONE?: In her role as Lorelei Lee in the 1953 film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” Marilyn Monroe performed “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Now Marilyn aficionados can “get the look” from the M.Monroe Collection, a fine jewelry line starts at $ 150 for a simple sterling silver chain and go as high as $ 350,000 for the statement piece, the Stellar Cosmos Necklace, in 18-karat rose gold featuring 11 white diamonds in varying sizes. The majority of the pieces are priced between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000.
Many items in the collection – there are three core groups, Whisper, Aura and Stellar, all inspired by her attributes and multi-faceted personality – include a signature M hangtag that has a diamond accent mark, representing the Monroe mole on the left side of her face.
The line is available at the M.Monroe web site. Authentic Brands Group, the brand management firm that owns the intellectual property assets for the Marilyn Monroe brand, partnered with Adama Partners for the line. Adama, a New York-based venture firm focusing on the global diamond, gemstone and jewelry industries, last year combined forces with Bain Capital Private Equity and Bow Street to take online jeweler Blue Nile private.
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Summer just started this week but like the legend they’re named after the almighty Jordan brand knows there’s no rest for the weary and they’re already gearing up for their 2018 Fall releases and man do they have some heat.
While most people will go gaga over the new iterations of the classic Air Jordan silhouettes like the 1’s, III’s (them Quai 54’s are fire!), and XIII’s, the Fall releases also features some spiffy versions of the 312’s and Russell Westbrook lifestyle kicks.
Release dates for the Fall line have yet to be released but best believe hypebeasts will be stalking a few of these joints so keep your ear to the street and be ready to pounce on your favorite joints.
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Perfect Fit Brand will be showcasing its Fat Boy line of penis extenders and other products at Sex Expo New York 2018, to be held the weekend of Sept. 22-23 at the Brooklyn Expo Center. XBIZ.com – Pleasure & Retail
MONKEY BUSINESS: Plans by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett to have virtual members take over their group Gorillaz — including a possible future for the band led by artificial intelligence — continue to take shape.
But the virtual band members, including characters 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs and Noodle, will continue to have a real-life physical extension through the merch, with a capsule for the British band’s clothing line G Foot in the works with Paris-based streetwear label GEYM.
Inspired by Hewlett’s iconic imagery for Gorillaz, a teaser capsule will launch on July 1 at selected stockists worldwide, with a full line inspired by the characters set to launch at the end of the year. The latter will be presented alongside GEYM’s men’s spring 2019 collection on June 20 at the Hôtel National des Arts et Métiers.
The teaser line — a spin-off of GEYM’s arctic expedition-themed fall 2018 collection — will focus on T-shirts and sweatshirts, featuring the G Foot bat and skull logo embroidery on the arm backs of the hoodies, and a collage print based on the brands’ respective universes.
The spring capsule, based on what the characters of the band would wear in real life, will offer 14 pieces, including
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When the women and men who wore Quiksilver and Roxy in their teens and 20s grow up, what do they wear? Former Quiksilver president Bernard Mariette, who’s been chief executive officer of Canadian activewear brand Lolë since leaving the surf giant in 2008, is betting that he knows.
“I know these ladies, I’ve followed them my whole career. The Roxy girl who was 15 to 25 years old 25 years ago is our customer now. They’re not teenagers anymore; fashion is not as important to them as style,” said Mariette.
His company is now in a position to cater to them even more, and that includes the men. Coalision Inc., the parent company of Lolë and Paradox, has secured $ 18 million in cash financing from existing backers and shareholders Simon Equity Partners and Pelican Investment Fund, a management-based fund owned by Mariette.
Mariette, a well-known yoga business guru who worked alongside Quiksilver founder Bob McKnight from 1993 to 2008, plans to break with conventional activewear brands with the recent injection of capital.
A look from Lolë’s spring outerwear collection.
“Our priorities are developing in the U.S. market, launching men’s and developing internationally,” said Mariette. “It’s an exciting time because we have the financial resources for hiring new players
J Brand’s fall lineup was divided into three categories: Super Evening, Super Fashion and Super Color. All of it was super Nineties, putting it super on trend. There were sheer organza “jean” jacket tops and blazers and organza details on jeans, an oversize crushed velvet jacket and pants, and a minimalist ribbed cashmere slipdress. As for the actual jeans, they came high-waisted and skinny with button flies and pockets, in holographic silver and a style that zipped up the front of the leg from ankle to waist. To play up the brand’s Los Angeles roots, the look book was shot at Chateau Marmont on Jacquelyn Jablonski, styled with combat boots to emphasize the Nineties-ness of it all.
Rashida Jones has a featured role with Maison Kitsuné as its first brand ambassador.
The “Angie Tribeca” actress isn’t a convert, though. She was sporting the brand on her own when she connected with cofounder Masaya Kuroki. Based in Tokyo, he has met Jones in Japan and New York, said cofounder Gildas Loaëc. “We were a fan of what she was doing as an actress and also her work with documentaries,” said Jones, adding that her creative family was another plus, as was her American heritage. Jones’ father, Quincy, is the world-renowned producer. “We’d been thinking since our brand is young and developing that we would need an international face at some point to further our story and build brand awareness for Maison Kitsuné.”
Jones will appear with Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Isla Fisher and others in “Tag.” Earlier this month she joined Tracee Ellis Ross in supporting Stacey Abrams on the stump in Georgia in her bid to become the first black female governor.
The actress was photographed by British photographer Benjamin Lennox wearing a white oxford shirt from the Maison Kitsuné Parisien collection. Geared toward women and men, the offerings include a blue baseball hat, white sneakers, a navy
One thing director Kevin Moore has come to appreciate when casting his movies is a fresh outlook on sex. Rookie performers often havent had time to develop the phony tics more jaded porn sluts can exhibit. Kevins Brand New Girls offers just what the title promises five scenes of young, exciting talent in an epic POV-style adventure that spans four-and-a-half hours! Naturally busty 19-year-old brunette August Ames does a sexy dance; before long shes buzzing her pussy with a vibrating wand and orally servicing the directors stiff dick. August squeezes his shaft between her tits and gets royally fucked. Stunning, bespectacled 18-year-old Ava Taylor is extremely new to the adult business. Kevin eagerly pounds Avas tender pussy, and she joins him in a lewd 69. Her glasses end up doused with creamy cum. In a glamorous miniskirt, Asian teen sweetheart Alina Li lets her natural curiosity run fucking wild. The sultry babe enjoys a fun ride on Kevins prick. Katerina Kay is a sexy, young stripper in platform heels and booty shorts. Kevin fucks the horny tart in several positions before splattering Katerinas plump, round ass cheeks with a messy load of splooge. Curvy, young Dillion Harper loves everything about her job. The adorable slut makes herself climax with a vibrator as Kevin pumps her pussy, and he decorates Dillion’s pretty face with spunk. The two-disc DVD release offers an additional bonus scene with August Ames. Brand New Girls the porn industrys greatest resource!
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Rihanna’s “Fenty University” gear is a total rip-off — not because that college doesn’t exist, but because it jacked its initials from another clothing brand … so claims that other brand. The singer’s Fenty label through Puma is in hot water with…
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DJ Khaled’s 18-month-old son, Asahd, is gonna be throwing down stacks for mini cars with his name on ’em before he learns how to sign his name … if all goes as planned. Khaled and his wife, Nicole Tuck, filed to trademark Asahd’s name on just…
Brand Nubian remains one of Hip-Hop’s most influential and controversial groups of all time. The New Rochelle MCs—Lord Jamar, Sadat X and sometimes Grand Puba—get the profile treatment in the next episode of TV ONE’s Unsung.
Says TV ONE:
Hip-hop group Brand Nubian is known for combining soulful samples and hip-hop beats with socially-conscious lyrics on Top 5 songs like “Wake Up” and “Slow Down.” TV One’s signature, award-winning music biography series “Unsung” sits down with the entire group on Sunday, April 15 at 9/8C to uncover the truth behind the rise and fall of Brand Nubian.
In the late 80s, Grand Puba, Lord Jamar, and Sadat X came together in New Rochelle, NY, each bringing a distinct individual flavor to their music. They kicked off the 90s with their debut album, One For All, which soon became one of the Top 100 Rap albums of all time. Despite some success, they were criticized for pro-black militant messages. The group also faced internal struggle when lead MC and producer Grand Puba left the group to pursue a solo career while Sadat X and Lord Jamar continued to maintain the group until its eventual break up in the mid-90s. Brand Nubian later reunited before falling apart again as members encountered personal drama, including arrests, painful losses, and continuous controversy.
First-hand accounts, archival footage and talking heads will detail all things Brand Nubian. Expect Hip-Hop Twitter to go in with this one.
UNSUNG featuring Brand Nubian premieres Sunday, April 15 at 9/8C.Watch the trailer below.
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On Monday, Scott Sternberg, the man behind the much-loved but now-defunct clothing line Band of Outsiders launched a new company: Entireworld. With a new (for him) direct-to-consumer model, heâs launched his ideal âskeleton wardrobeâ for men at an accessible price point.
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Kanye West might have to strap on his fightin’ shoes … because a company has come out of nowhere to compete for the right to use his Yeezy nickname. According to new legal docs — obtained by TMZ — Kanye’s company was outmaneuvered by a Chinese…
The world of beard models is small and homogenous â and as a result, incredibly boring. But Captain Fawcett, a British grooming brand, just collaborated on a hydrating hair oil with the only interesting beard model out there: Harnaam Kaur, a 26-year-old British woman whose beard puts most to shame.
COTR has announced the addition of Tracy Felder to its team in the role of brand ambassador, where the retail industry vet will bring her hands-on experience to the premium brands the manufacturer offers. XBIZ.com – Pleasure & Retail
They might not want DJ Khaled’s son, Asahd, to strut a fashion show runway while rocking threads with his name on them — but too bad, ’cause that’s exactly what happened! Asahd was escorted down the runway Thursday night by Mom and Pop at…
Jay-Z’s trying to expand his aviation enterprise … the one made of ‘paper,’ that is. Jay’s company, S. Carter Enterprises, just filed legal docs to secure the rights to their clothing brand, Paper Planes, in a number of different sales-type vehicles.…
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BRAND NEW: Sisley is launching a new brand — this time, for hair.
“It’s a rather emotional moment for us to introduce a new brand,” said Philippe d’Ornano, president of Sisley, during a party held in Paris on Monday evening. “The last brand we launched was by my mother and father — Sisley.” That was in 1976.
Cut to today, and the luxury beauty company will shortly roll out Hair Rituel by Sisley, whose product collection includes a revitalizing volumizing shampoo, a revitalizing smoothing shampoo, a restructuring conditioner, a regenerating hair mask and a hair-care oil.
A Hair Rituel product
“We are really treatment specialists,” said Isabelle d’Ornano, Philippe’s mother, after the screening of a brief film to present the brand. Hair care, after all, is considered the new skin care today.
L’Oréal Paris has tapped Winona Ryder to appear in a campaign tied to a massive rebrand of its U.S. hair business, WWD has exclusively learned.
A “robust, 360-campaign” comprising digital, social, TV and print advertising is set to launch Sunday during the Golden Globes with a TV commercial featuring Ryder, said Anne Marie Nelson-Bogle, senior vice president of marketing at L’Oréal Paris.
Titled “The Comeback,” the campaign is tied to the repositioning of the majority of the L’Oréal Paris hair-care products, including shampoos, conditioners and treatments, plus a few new products, under a new franchise called Elvive.
The Elvive platform focuses on damage prevention, a message L’Oréal is hoping U.S. consumers — fond of curling irons, blowouts, dry shampoo and bleach — will relate to. L’Oréal research found that eight in 10 women in the U.S. have damaged hair — and 18- to 34-year-olds in particular overindex in hot-tool-related damage.
“Everyone does love a comeback, and we will be communicating that damaged hair deserves one, too,” said Nelson-Bogle of the new campaign. “For Winona, we know that from TV sets to the red carpet, her hair has gone through many transformations — her hair is dry and damaged.”
In a commercial airing during the Golden Globes,
Logan Paul hijacked the name of a wholesome, reputable clothing company, and now his repulsive antics are costing the original brand millions … at least according to the company. Maverick Apparel fired off a scathing letter to the YouTube star…
Founded in 2000, Italy’s Golden Goose Deluxe Brand has more recently been growing within the U.S. For pre-fall 2018, the brand designed a ready-to-wear and shoe collection around a fictitious woman who fantasized about stories of her grandfather, should she have ever met him. Notes from the designers claimed the collection, “is an ode to real imagination and imagined realities.” Vintage references ran throughout; there was Forties-inspired suiting, like a lilac set or striped trouser, along with multiple trenchcoats with full gun flap and box pleats. Men’s wear references and the reemergence of the brand’s original cowboy boots were also strong throughout. A mismatch of graphics — celestial, collegiate, tropical scenes, logos and floral prints — could have been pared down to make the whole idea more concise.
It looks like the married owners of cult favorite boutique and brand Maryam Nassir Zadeh are headed for a split.
Eponymous founder Maryam Nassir Zadeh and her husband and business partner Uday Kak, who is also a photographer, made a contested divorce filing in a local Brooklyn court late last week. Documents in the case are sealed, but a contested filing generally means there is either a dispute over child custody, assets or both.
The now-former couple shares two daughters and public profiles list Zadeh and Kak as partners in the boutique, which has a storefront in New York’s Lower East Side, along with a popular e-commerce business. There is also a Maryam Nassir Zadeh line of shoes and bags, priced roughly between $ 400 and $ 900, as well as design-forward apparel, which Zadeh designs and has expanded over the last year.
Zadeh held her second fashion show in September at the East River Track in New York, with seating on bleachers and a surprise performance by Solange Knowles. She’s been producing seasonal collections since spring 2015.
The boutique carries a number of luxury designers, from the established to the new, like Marni, Rochas, Isabel Marant, Jacquemus, Lemaire, Jesse Kamm and Dumitrascu, and offers an
When you think of losing your hair, you may think of those commercials led by a guy whoâs not only the president of the club, but also a client. Then thereâs those over-the-top contraptions that cost more than a mortgage payment and sit atop your head âfor only three minutes a dayâ (for the rest of your life). If those donât come to mind, thereâs a battery of drugstore treatments that are proven to work, but leave your hair feeling greasy and flatâthe opposite of that you want when managing thinning hair.
CORNEJO’S CRYSTAL CLEAR VISION: Première Vision and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have crowned Maria Cornejo as the brand ambassador for next month’s Première Vision New York.
The designer is crafting a selection of exclusive designs for the show, putting to use textiles from the Swiss company Schoeller Textil. She said of the collaboration, “First, I am a total fabric nerd. I start always with fabric, draping. That’s the way we design the collection, designing the fabric. Secondly, the collection is going more and more toward sustainability.”
The show will run Jan. 16 and 17 at Pier 94 in New York.
The opportunity to work with Schoeller, the 2017 Fashion Smart Creation prize at the last PV Awards, was a selling point for Cornejo who also commended the company’s avant-garde reputation in this arena. The Swiss textiles maker was honored for its double-face fabric with a color-contrasting back in ECONYL yarn. “This was an amazing opportunity. There was no reservation for me to do it because it was also about spotlighting sustainability, showing that it doesn’t have to be boring,” she said. “It can be design. It doesn’t have to be granola or look beige. There are different ways to approach
That there is difficulty in life today goes without saying: Thereâs no shortage of us who complain about our challenging commutes every morning, and society certainly isnât lacking for people who struggle to keep up with the demands of long hours, multitasking, shrinking salaries, and searching through the barrage of posts from an ever-growing number of sources to separate fact from fiction.
A+O LAUNCHES DENIM BRAND: On Thursday, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet will roll out a new denim brand called AO.LA.
AO.LA is a casual-focused sister brand that features a variety of denim styles, silk jacquard kimonos, knit tees, vintage style rocker tees and cropped jackets. The look is reminiscent of the Seventies, but punctuated by modern, edgy details. The collection, which launches with a resort line, will be sold at the 21 Alice + Olivia stores nationwide and its web site and 20 doors of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. The brand will have a separate section that launches Thursday on the Alice + Olivia web site.
AO.LA will be designed in New York and produced in Los Angeles. Retail prices are between $ 198 and $ 295 for denim, $ 135 and $ 150 for tees, and $ 330 and $ 495 for kimonos. The leather jacket retails for $ 1,095.
Among the denim styles are high-rise bell jeans; high-rise exposed button jeans; ankle skinny jeans; low-rise skinny jeans with studs, and embroidered boyfriend distressed jeans. T-shirts include those with pop iconography, such as Mickey Mouse, The Beatles and David Bowie, and jackets include a combination sweatshirt leather jacket.
The denim styles are named Good, Great, Beautiful, Perfect, Amazing
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Master P teamed up with a cannabis company to help spread his own brand of bud across California, but it bailed on him and cost him millions … according to a new suit. The rap mogul joined the legal cannabis industry in November 2016 with the…
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SHANGHAI – Barneys New York is partnering with Hong Kong-based sustainable fashion brand BYT on a range of jackets upcycled from luxury industry waste product.
The fashion industry’s annual textile waste stands at an estimated 92 billion tons, a fact that motivated BYT cofounder Christina Dean, who is also the founder of sustainable fashion NGO Redress, to start the brand.
“Getting this exclusive upcycled BYT and Barneys collection, which comes with so much heart and hope for better, into one of the world’s most respected department stores talks loudly about how fashion, which has always been a reflection of our times, is changing. For me, it speaks of big changes that are already happening within consumers’ wants and wardrobes around the world,” she said.
In order to ensure the sustainability credentials of the collection, BYT worked with environmental experts Reset Carbon on a carbon footprint lifecycle analysis, from raw materials to factory, to estimate carbon savings. Results suggest that a typical BYT upcycled jacket has a 60 percent reduced carbon footprint compared with a similar jacket created using virgin materials, which is equivalent to diverting 14,882 plastic bottles from landfill.
Leah Kim, Barneys executive vice president, general merchandising manager, women’s, said the partnership with BYT was
A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged, but still brilliant strategist "Calamity" Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition. But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability-both on and off the campaign trail-Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. Dramatic, rapid-fire and laced with satire, Our Brand is Crisis reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.
Staged in a sun-filled studio set with loads of green plants and wicker chairs on which the models lounged, it was easy to infer an organic, clean California aesthetic from J Brand’s spring collection. The collection’s jeans — many cropped with high waists, wide or straight legs in powdery pink, natural off-white and traditional blue indigo — will pair well with the pottery-loving, gluten- and dairy-free cool girl’s lifestyle. From jean jackets to white Ts to a black leather miniskirt, the shapes were mostly clean and classic with little to no whiskering and the only distressing a raw hem or two. For the first time, men’s was included in the presentation, with the guys playing perfect counterpart to the girls in skinny jeans and relaxed jackets in shades of white, gray and faded blue.
The Insanity brand of male performance supplements from Justin Sayne Leather has picked up new financial and operational partners, setting the stage for growth in the mainstream market, the company says. XBIZ.com – Pleasure & Retail
TURNING THE PAGE: French leather goods brand Camille Fournet is opening a new chapter in its history with a revamped brand identity, a duo of ambassadors and a renovated Parisian flagship to be unveiled on Oct 19.
Founded in 1945 by the French leather craftsman of the same name, the company first focused on custom straps in leather and exotic skins for luxury watches, before extending to own-brand small leather goods after its purchase in 1994 by Françoise and Jean-Luc Déchery. The brand purchased historic glovemakers Lavabre Cadet in 2014. Its goods, still manufactured in the northwestern French region of Picardy, are sold through its network of stores in New York, Beijing and other international destinations as well as its online store.
To strengthen the identity of its collections, the brand has chosen industrial designer Claire Aubadie-Ladrix, a 2015 graduate of the Les Ateliers-Paris Design Institute — France’s only industrial design school — as its artistic director, in charge of overseeing the development and extension of its lines, in particular bags such as the “32.04,” an all-leather half-moon design that does not contain any metallic parts.
Among the first changes are a new graphic identity, featuring a slimline capitalized logo designed by Agence
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A gunman agrees to do a rich man’s dirty work in this classic Western from one of the genre’s early masters Donnegan is not proud of his past. But when words ran dry and matters could only be settled with a gun, he never hesitated to make things right. Now fate has led him to The Corner, a wide-open gold-mining town in the valley where two rivers join. An invalid by the name of Colonel Macon wants Donnegan to settle a long-standing land claim that’s been taken over by outlaws. Charmed by the colonel’s beautiful daughter, the gunman agrees. But nothing is as it seems in The Corner, where the line separating good from evil is so badly blurred it might not be there at all.   A contemporary of Zane Grey and a major influence on Louis L’Amour, Max Brand was a true master of the Western. Gunman’s Reckoning is a fine example of the moral complexity, fluid prose, and nonstop action that defines the best of his work.   This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices. “Max Brand is the Shakespeare of the Western range.” — Kirkus Reviews Max Brand (1892–1944) was a prolific and highly regarded author of Westerns.
AN AMERICAN AMBASSADOR: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Swiss watchmaker Hublot has added a new name to its list of professional golfing brand ambassadors: Patrick Reed.
Nicknamed Captain America, Reed built his reputation at the 2014 and 2016 Ryder Cups, helping spur the U.S. team to victory at the Hazeltine National Golf Club, and was the youngest winner of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Hublot chief executive officer Ricardo Guadalupe cited Reed’s “perseverance and commitment” to his career as a reason for the brand’s choice. The brash, fist-pumping 27-year-old joins golfers including top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Olympics gold medalist Justin Rose in partnering with the brand.
Hublot welcomed the partnership with Reed by throwing a cocktail party Tuesday at the Woodlands Country Club in Houston. Reed, who said he has a long-held affinity for Hublot watches, wore the Swiss brand’s Big Bang UNICO Titanium model.
Hublot also counts sportsmen of other disciplines to represent the brand, including runner Usain Bolt and soccer stars Pelé and Diego Maradona. Pelé and Bolt were both on hand to unveil the brand’s modern Fifth Avenue New York last year.
The world of beard models is small and homogenous — and as a result, incredibly boring. But Captain Fawcett, a British grooming brand, just collaborated on a hydrating hair oil with the only interesting beard model out there: Harnaam Kaur, a 26-year-old British-Sikh woman whose beard puts most to shame.
Abby Lee Miller and Kelly Hyland have finally buried the hatchet in their “Dance Moms” lawsuits … and all it cost the show’s production company was some floor repairs. The case was settled last week in L.A. and according to court docs,…
Earlier this year, in a case of first impression before the Federal Circuit, the court directly addressed “whether the offering of a service, without the actual provision of a service, is sufficient to constitute use in commerce under Lanham Act § 45, 15 U.S.C. § 1127.” The court said no. XBIZ.com | Feature Articles
Summer is a wrap and the fall is here, which means the holidays are right around the corner. ForJordan Brand, it means it time to unveil the kicks and gear that you’ll be adding to your wish list.
Jordan Brand’s 2015 Holiday Collection features apparel and footwear from their Jordan Training, Jordan Performance and Jordan Sportswear category that offer plenty off style but are first and foremost rooted in performance. Hip-Hop Wired got a chance to check out the range in person and these are some of the standout offerings.
Air Jordan 11 “72-10”
The Air Jordan 11 “72-10” is crack in sneaker form. Early word is they will retail for $ 210 if you’re savvy enough to snag a pair. No photo does justice to the already classic AJ 11 model that ups the ante with butter leather and other remastered cues.
Girls Love Js, Too
Female sneakers heads will be making boys and men envious with this pack. Those white and dark grey flavored Air Jordan XIV’s are top notch. Also included in the pack is the Jordan Eclipse, with a wool-like upper, the Jordan Jasmine, and a mean Air Jordan 1 Hi.
A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine.
MILAN – Almost two years after her departure from Moschino, where she served as creative director for two decades after the death of her mentor and the brand’s founder Franco Moschino, Rossella Jardini is ready to make a comeback.
During the upcoming Milan Fashion Week, the designer will present to buyers only the first women’s collection under her new name.
“This brand was born for a lucky concatenation of events,” said Jardini. “After working for six months next to Angela Missoni, I took a break, but then I met some of my former assistants at Moschino and they pushed me to start designing a shirt collection, which rapidly became a full ready-to-wear line.”
Jardini’s agent, Davide Dallomo, immediately supported the project, as well as Ciemme, the manufacturing company that produces the line under license, and L.A. Distribuzione, the showroom in charge of distribution.
Artist Antonio Pippolini has designed the brand’s logo, which consists of a pair of lips and two eyes framed by cat-eye glasses, Jardini’s trademark.
“Pippolini also lent us his house to shoot the look book, photographed by photo reporter Alex Majoli,” Jardini said.
The collection, which is positioned in the luxury segment of the market, reflects the designer’s signature style, mixing feminine elements with a sense of ease and
A decade in, Jessica Simpson’s label has evolved into a $ 1 billion lifestyle brand at retail, and the company has aspirations to double — or even triple — volume in the next 10 years.
Part of the route to this lofty goal includes new product lines, such as activewear and another fragrance developed especially for the decade milestone. Yehuda Shmidman, chief executive officer of Sequential Brands Group, which acquired a majority interest in the Jessica Simpson brand in April, pointed to several avenues of growth potential for the label.
“There’s growth outside America,” he said. “We’ve already had interest from several parties [for freestanding stores]. We also see certain pillar categories for the brand, such as activewear. And there are some other channels for growth, such as e-commerce and mobile commerce. We’re looking at all different ways to get the product into the hands of her customers.”
While the business has an extensive wholesale component, the e-commerce and mobile platforms need to be built. As for international options, the company hopes to capitalize on footwear’s distribution base in 55 countries. Sequential is considering markets in which it should enter or expand, and the right operating partners for various regions. Shmidman said interest has
Disney's D23 convention has become famous for breaking news and announcing new movie franchises, but it doesn't get enough credit for what it truly does best—make magic. And that's exactly what it did Saturday night…
This Saturday, July 18, Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California presents a free screening of the yet-to-be-released documentary John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be which delves into the work of controversial performance artist and award-winning actor John Fleck.
Fleck, a radical gay performance artist, gained notoriety as one of the NEA Four, a quartet of artists-Fleck, Karen Finley, Holly Hughes and Tim Miller-whose National Endowment for the Arts grants were vetoed by agency head John Frohnmayer in 1990 at the height of the AIDS crisis.
The NEA reversed funding to these artists who utilized body imagery and radical forms of expression to make art that confronted the government’s reluctance-fueled by fear and apathy-to deal with the AIDS crisis. Fleck and his compatriots fought back, and the face of public funding for the arts changed forever, with the Supreme Court ultimately upholding a vague “decency clause” on government arts funding that still limits our freedom of speech today. At that very different and extreme time, much concern was expressed about “the chilling effect” the decision could have on our culture.
Fleck has since gone on to win four LA Critics Circle Awards, eight DramaLogue, seven LA Weekly and two Backstage West awards, all for outstanding performance, and has appeared in numerous films and televisions shows, including most recently, True Blood.
Now the film, John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be, which intercuts archival video and current footage from a range of performances and an interview with Fleck, appears to be caught in a chilling effect of its own because of its content, not unlike his piece twenty-five years ago.. According to an email exchange between the film’s director, Kevin Duffy and Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, the longest-running and largest queer film festival in the world requested a copy of the film for consideration.
As reported on Back2Stonewall, just days before the festival, Duffy learned the film would not be shown, even though Frameline claimed to “love it.” Further queries by Duffy led to him to learn that that the reason was the film’s “construction.” In an interview posted on Duffy’s Facebook page, Penelope Boyer, who worked for the National Association of Arts Organizations, a co-plaintiff in the NEA 4 Supreme Court case, says:
Construction is a veiled term for content, and content in this case refers to content that was controversial and that angered and frightened John Frohnmayer, the chairman of the NEA twenty-five years ago. It is this same content that is frightening a queer film festival now.
Despite Frameline’s rejection of John Fleck is Who You Want Him to Be, Duffy has screened the film at California State University, Long Beach and California Arts Institute, and on Saturday, July 18 will showing the film, with question and answer following, at the Brand Library & Art Center, in Glendale, CA. The screening marks start of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the film’s licensing and distribution. The reception at 6:30 pm will be followed by the 7:00 pm screening and discussion with the artists. Admission is free and open to the public (18 years of age and older, due the mature subject matter). Complimentary parking is available in Brand Park adjacent to the library and an accessible entrance and parking is available on the east side of the building.
John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be Saturday July 18, 6:30pm Brand Library & Art Center 1601 West Mountain Street Glendale, CA 91201 818-548-2051
A longer version of this appeared on Back2Stonewall.com. Photos by Kevin Duffy, used by permission
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STANDING BEHIND IVANKA: Retailers continue to stand behind Ivanka Trump’s apparel and accessories brand despite the fallout from her father Donald’s controversial remarks on immigration. All retailers contacted about the status of the Ivanka Trump brand at their stores said they are continuing to carry the line despite “The Donald’s” blunder, which led many retailers, brands, and personalities to dump Mr. Trump — Macy’s included. At the time, however, Macy’s Inc. was quick to state that the status of Ivanka’s line in the store would not be affected by her father’s statements.
When reached for comment, Nordstrom also expressed solidarity with Ivanka, as did Lord & Taylor. “These are Mr. Trump’s personal views and don’t necessarily reflect how others may feel, including us here at Nordstrom. We don’t carry any of Mr. Trump’s line, and have no plans to change our business with Ivanka,” said a company spokesperson.
TALAVERA TAKES A BREAK: Nicomede Talavera is putting his brand on hold with immediate effect. He will not be showing or selling a spring-summer 2016 collection, nor will his fall-winter 2015 collection be available for retail.
“Due to personal circumstance I have taken the decision to not show a collection for SS16, and to take time to now decide how to channel my creativity going forward,” the designer said in a statement Friday.
“I am extremely grateful for all of the support and belief over the last few years and for everybody who has been part of this journey. It has been an incredible experience and learning process,” he added.
Talavera graduated from the MA fashion course at Central Saint Martins in 2013, and founded his label soon after. His stockists include Dover Street Market, Joyce, Opening Ceremony, LN-CC, Space Mue and Machine-A.
He has received support from Topman’s Man showcase, and taken part in the Fashion East collective presentations during London Collections: Men. Earlier this year, he was the recipient of sponsorship and mentoring from the Center for Fashion Enterprise in London.
If you like your westerns with a stiff dose of righteous vengeance and well-deserved comeuppance, you'll loveThe Rangeland Avenger by prolific author and beloved master of the genre Max Brand. A softspoken but ruthless protagonist cuts a swath of violent payback across the Wild West in this thrill-a-minute adventure.